On Friday, it was reported that an object had been thrown at President Trump’s motorcade during his trip through Palm Beach, Florida. Shortly after the incident occurred, The Washington Post reports that a Florida middle school student confessed to throwing the object, which turned out to be a “2×4” block of wood.
A photo of the wood block was posted on Facebook by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and can be seen below.
The block was recovered after the President was delivered safely to his Mar-a-Lago resort. According to the sheriff’s office, “several members of the motorcade returned to the scene and began canvassing the area looking for witnesses and any small hard objects along the roadway in that area.” Secret Service agents also requested surveillance video from stores near the scene of the crime.
As these members of the motorcade were combing the area, a local middle school student admitted to throwing the block and reportedly implicated four other students.
A Secret Service spokeswoman told WaPo that there were no injuries or major damage caused to the vehicles; however, since the incident is still under investigation, she could not release any more information.
No names or other information about the students has been released, but the sheriff’s office did report that charges would be filed with the Palm Beach County state Attorney’s Office.
It was certainly a heated weekend for President Trump. In addition to facing flying blocks of wood, he also faced large crowds of protesters at his rally in Melbourne, Florida.
According to USA Today, hundreds of people gathered to show their disdain for the new Commander-in-Chief. The protest organizers, Women’s March Florida and Speak Out! Brevard, told USA Today that this protest was largest in the county since the 2003 peace rally that was organized in opposition to the Iraq invasion.
The goal of the protesters, according to a rally organizer, was to show the President that there are progressives in the community who want to be heard.
Naturally, tensions were high with anti-Trump progressives in close quarters with Trump supporters. Although there are no reports of any blocks or other objects being thrown, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Melbourne police officers reported having to separate the two groups and intervene in “a few heated confrontations.”
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